I am 28 years old work full time and train JuJitsu once a week, Kickboxing once a week and weight training once a week.
I seem to have a problem getting fit every time I do JuJitsu I push myself hard and do all rounds of wrestling usually 5 x 5 min rounds. However usually after the first round my energy is all used up and I feel really exhausted and can barely make the next 4 rounds.
I am in a profession (Information Technology) where I have to constantly think all the time and get tired mentally at the end of each day.
I am wondering if anyone else works full-time in a profession, has troubles with stamina and fatigue and can share their experiences.
I feel like I am wasting my time with all these classes cause my cardio levels are not getting anywhere.
Am I overtraining ? Should I take a different approach ?
First of all, well done for realising you need to improve your fitness.
I understand the frustration of feeling that you're wasting money and other people's time as well as your own. You'll still be wasting it if you dodge people for half the class. Certainly if you're a beginner and gasing out, I'd try to pick your attacks more methodically, pace yourself, and not fight your opponent head on.
If you're tired all the time, not making any gains in fitness, and possibly even getting weaker in your weight training, those are all sure signs of over training. If that's the case you need to look at your sleeping habits, eating habits, and possibly seek the advice of a health professional or trainer. Being either underweight, overweight or a caffeine and nicotine addict won't help. Oh yeah, and drink in moderation, I guess you might as well have seen your doctor.
Are you recovering fine, and would like to train more? Then kettlebells would be an extremely good idea, and after a moderately expensive starting price, they'll last forever (as long as you don't start too small and out grow them quickly). Basically, kettlebell swinging is a form of interval training, which is most beneficial cardio training for fighters conditioning. However, if you have no fitness what so ever (i.e. can't run for 30mins), you will be better off starting with 15mins moderate cardio and building up both intensity and time. Once you reach 45mins of fairly high intensity cardio, break out the bells. If you commit to this it should only take 6 weeks, dependant on your original fitness.
Sorry for such a vague and long answer, but I need more information from you to be of more help.
Plus, stay away from sugar and energy drinks, unless you're an experienced athlete taking part in an endurance event of over an hour, it won't help you. Chances are you'll give yourself a quick buzz and then crash and burn in the middle of your sparring session, which is no fun at all.
What an interesting post - I was feeling exactly the same way last night. We were doing mat wrestling and I got pinned by a white belt - okay, he's a rugby player, but I was just exhausted and couldn't fight back!
Spider your post is full of great ideas, thanks very much - I think I need to give more thought to my sleeping patterns, recovery is essential, I agree.